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Graduate Research Assistants

IPR graduate research assistants (RAs) work with a faculty advisor(s) on research projects that align with their interests. , who is listed along with the student’s research interests, contact information, and additional biographical information.

2019-2020 Graduate Research Assistants
Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas

Nicolette Alayon

Nicolette Alayon
Political Science

  • American politics
  • Political psychology
  • Political knowledge and misconceptions
Avant

Denzel Avant
Political Science

  • Criminal justice policy
  • Urban politics
  • African American politics

Eric Brown

Eric Brown
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Racially-integrated public schools as contexts for ethnic/racial identity development
  • Adolescents' perceptions of racial school climate and racial discrimination
    at school

Karlia Brown

Karlia Brown
Sociology

  • Intersectionality and black feminist thought
  • Prisoner re-entry and the criminal
    justice system
  • Social inequality and stratification

Marget Butler

Margaret Butler
Anthropology

  • Breastfeeding experiences 
  • Perinatal depression physiology 
  • Inequities in maternal healthcare

 Sebastian Castrechini

Sebastian Castrechini
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Teacher practice in racially
    integrated schools
  • Interventions to promote
    educational equity 
  • Policy implementation in schools 
  • Research use in policy 

 Sarah Collier-Villuame

Sarah Collier Villaume
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Stress biology and cortisol 
  • Poverty policy
  • Welfare reform 

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Postsecondary education
  • Student success 
  • Teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Organizational change
  • Institutional theory 

Jennifer Cowhy

Jennifer Cowhy
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Policy implementation in schools
  • Special education

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Kaitlyn (Katie) Fitzgerald
Statistics

  • Meta-analysis
  • Generalizability
  • Translating evidence

Sheridan Fuller

Sheridan Fuller
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Outcomes of children and families' interactions with social safety programs
  • Long-term impacts of public assistance programs 

Nicole Guarino

Nicole Guarino
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Interventions in higher education
    that promote student persistence
    and success
  • Developmental education 
  • Transition from high school
    to postsecondary education 

Emily Handsman

Emily Handsman
Sociology

  • Intersection of education and culture
  • Character education initiatives’
    change over time
  • The culture of education-support
    organizations
Healy

Olivia Healy
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early care and education
  • Family well-being
  • Anti-poverty policy
  • Intergenerational effects of policies
    and programs

 Ole Hexel

Ole Hexel
Sociology

  • The role of wealth and inheritance
    in social stratification
  • International comparison of transitions
    into adulthood
Kessler

Courtenay Kessler
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early childhood development
  • Social determinants of health
  • Resilience
  • Multigenerational interventions
    for health and education
  • Program evaluation methods

Sebastian Kiguel

Sebastian Kiguel
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Non-cognitive measures of school quality
  • School climate
  • Long-term impacts of bullying and
    social exclusion in schools
  • Education policy in Latin America

Phoebe Lam

Phoebe
Hok Yee Lam

Psychology

  • Health disparities
  • Antecedents and consequences
    of resilience
  • Emotion and emotion regulation

Tina Law

Tina Law
Sociology 

  • Urban change
  • Racial inequality
  • Digital data and computational methods 

Christopher Leatherwood

Christopher (Chris) Leatherwood
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Student interactions in mathematics
  • Mathematical identity 

John Lee

John Lee
Sociology 

  • Social inequality, education, and criminal justice reform
  • Public opinion and political sociology
  • Quantitative methods and
    experimental design
Meghan Leggero

Meghan Leggero
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Policy in underserved communities 

Anran Li

Anran Li
Economics

  • Applied microeconomics 
  • Labor economics
  • Healthcare policy

 Claire Mackevicius

Claire Mackevicius
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • School funding
  • Private involvement in the provision
    of social programs

Muniz

Julissa Muñiz
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Education within carceral spaces
  • Education as a means of empowerment

James Neely

James Neely
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes and long-term geological processes
  •  Seismic hazards in North America
  • The transform plate boundary development process 

Nelsen

Matthew Nelsen
Political Science

  • Race, ethnicity, and politics
  • Youth political engagement
  • Political socialization

Erin Ochoa

Erin M. Ochoa
Sociology

  • Criminology and urban sociology
  • Race and inequality
  • Geospatial and computational methods
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Oliver

Mariana Oliver
Sociology

  • Urban sociology
  • Income inequality
  • Class mobility

Pinchuan Ong

Pinchuan Ong
Economics

  • Labor economics 
  • Public economics
  • Applied microeconomics
Peko-Spicer

Sarah
Peko-Spicer
Statistics

  • Design and analysis
    of replication programs

Wayne Rivera

Wayne Rivera
Sociology

  • Science and technology studies
  • Emotions, trauma, and violence
  • Networks
  • Medical sociology 

Leah Salditch

Leah Salditch
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes
  • Natural hazards
  • Statistical seismology

Richard Shafranek

Richard Shafranek
Political Science

  • Social and political psychology
  • Partisanship
  • Identity
  • Polarization 

Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Underlying psychobiological processes behind protective and prosocial skills
    that aid in successful development
  • Transmission of traits from parents
    to children through genetic and environmental processes
  • Role of stress in parenting

Time Viragh

Timea Viragh
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early childhood education
  • Family labor supply
  • Family well-being 

Ting Wang

Ting Wang
Economics

Rose Werth

Rose Werth
Sociology

  • Urban and community sociology
  • Networks and community-based organizations
  • Criminal justice and violence prevention

Cora Wigger

Cora Wigger 

Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Economics of education and housing
  • Desegregation policy
  • Social and emotional learning outcomes

Rrita Zejnullahi

Rrita Zejnullahi
Statistics

  • Statistical methods for meta-analysis
  • Design and analysis of experiments

Yiling Zhao

Yiling Zhao
Economics

  • Economic history
  • Women in labor markets
  • Human capital in labor markets